Creatures Comforts, started in 2015; an ongoing inquiry.
We find solace in anthopomorphizing and zoomorphizing phenomena. A cloud looks like a bunny, a trashcan resembles a face. Emojis look like everything and everything looks like an emoji. Characters perform through adjectives and posture suggests inclination: a drooping tree is depressed; a top-heavy object effervesces; a stilted structure is as tentative as a bird. Adjectives overwhelm design as we try and reground it with familiar traits.
In other words, through our creature comforts we have found that creatures comfort. This project identifies and appends extant conditions with strange qualities to transform known environments into fantastical creatures. These appear in responses to competition briefs, small projects, and material experiments in various stages.
It doesn't end well here, but they do meet up eventually.
UNDER BRIDGE TROLLING
Under a bridge along Detroit's Dequindre Cut, a troll's head provides a kind of enclosed shelter. with Missy Ablin and Allen Gillers.
BIG FINGER PUPPETS
On the Toronto waterfront, lifeguard chairs are mostly abandoned in the winter. A set of adaptable cozies are here installed like soft hats, covering the seats and providing soft and furry furniture for cold weather use, whether as slides, climbable structures, adjustable shelters, or soft seating. Imagined for the Winter Stations Design Competition in 2014, in collaboration with Ang Li and Phoebe Springstubb.